Parenting Tip: How I Use Chores to Keep My Kids Motivated

How I use chores to keep my kids motivated and on task. Advice from a mother of 8.
[caption id="attachment_298041" align="aligncenter" width="560"] If you click on this pic you can find the baby bike seat I used for our bike ride... for those of you who asked. :)[/caption]As a mother of 8, I'm continually on the look out for new ways to keep my household running.  I know I'm not alone in this... even if you've only got one child at home, there are still messes to be cleaned up, food to prepare, laundry to wash, hugs to be given...... …
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Live on Less – DIY Household Cleaner Recipes

Over the past few months we've been testing out some of these homemade cleaner recipes. This is a great way to live on less: make your own household cleaners, and save major dough! Some of you may have missed them, so I thought it would be nice to put them in one easy spot!  If you're on Pinterest, feel free to pin this and share it with others!  And if you have another recipe you think we should try, email us at fabulesslyfrugal at gmail dot... …
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DIY Garbage Disposal Bombs!

Make your own garbage disposal bombs! Garbage disposals are convenient and a great way to clean up dishes faster. If yours is used as much as mine is, you know it can start to get a little smelly. This is because we are regularly putting food waste down there and it doesn't always break up all the way and go down the drain. That means we have decomposed organic matter in our garbage disposal. Yep, I said it. That's the odor you smell coming from... …
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60+ Uses for Vinegar

Put vinegar to use in your household! There are so many amazing uses for vinegar! It is a must-have in my pantry. Use it in the kitchen, the bathroom, in your beauty regimen, in your cleaning routine, and more! Vinegar is inexpensive, easily available, versatile, and useful. I haven't tried all of these many vinegar uses and recipes myself, but I sure want to!FYI: A lot of people (and animals) don't like the smell of vinegar, but the odor usually... …
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How to Eliminate the Urine Smell in the Bathroom

How to get rid of that nasty urine smell in the bathroom!
If you've got boys, then you just may be like me and have an underlying funk smell in the bathroom.  And what can be discouraging is that no matter how much you scrub, that nasty smell may go away for a few hours, but then return by the end of the day. I got fed up with it enough to do some research to figure out a solution that will work!  What I found is something that leaves the bathroom looking AND smelling clean! If you have a smelly... …
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DIY: Detail Your Cars Upholstery!!

Clean the seats in your car YOURSELF! Do you have kids in car seats? In my experience I have found this equation to be very, very true: Kids + Car Seats = Stains for days. The other day, I was cleaning my car out and removed the booster seats. What I saw mortified me. Stains, melted chocolate, spilled red juice, and the smell, we are not even going there.I called around to some local car detailers and I WAS NOT going to pay almost $200 for... …
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Two Ingredient Natural Drain Cleaner!

Clean your drains with only TWO ingredients! Do you have a slow moving drain somewhere in your house? My kitchen sink and bathroom sink sometimes start draining slowly and need a little boost. I don't have a clog yet, but I can feel one coming on! So, in an effort to prevent rather than treat, I use a homemade drain cleaning concoction. All you're going to need is already in your kitchen too! This prevention treatment is SO much better than dealing... …
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25 Super Easy DIY Baby Shower Gifts

If someone you know is about to start or add to their family, it is the PERFECT opportunity to show them how much you care by giving the new baby something special. While store-bought gifts are great, DIY baby gifts are a thoughtful way to show your love and support for the new parents (PLUS, ARE MORE AFFORDABLE!) All you need are some craft supplies and a little patience, and you’re ready to design the perfect gift.  PS - If you decide to... …
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Make Your Own Nesquick Powder!

Chocolate milk is almost every young child's favorite drink. I'll admit it, it is still one of mine! However, the already made powder at the store can get kind of pricey if you are having to buy it regularly. It also comes in such huge containers that my kids think they have an endless supply. They are all screaming, "CHOCOLATE MILK FOR EVERYONE" and it is gone before you know it! Then, us moms have to put up with whining kids begging for more... …
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Valentine’s Day Crafts and Homemade Valentines

Have a Happy Valentine's Day! Now that my kids are getting a little bit older I am starting to realize how important it is to do things as a family to celebrate a holiday. It makes the holiday so much more fun and special. We could all use a little more celebration every now and then! It just requires a bit of effort on our part sometimes. ;)Have fun creating something this year with the kiddos or with loved ones. Here's a nice little round-up... …
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